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No 'holy herb' allowed in jail

By unknown | Apr 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

Correctional Services allows prisoners to practise their various religions while in prison, including Rastafarianism, but they do not allow the "holy herb", dagga, to be burnt inside.

This was said by Department of Correctional Services director Hennie Human in Johannesburg yesterday, during the public hearing of the commission for the promotion and protection of the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities.

He said prisoners were encouraged to practice their religions with limits.

"We have no problem when prisoners practice their religions, but unfortunately because of the environment in prison we cannot allow people to worship with an assegai, and we also cannot allow 'holy herbs'.

"It is against the law," Human said.


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